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LGD Gaming withdraws from Elite League amidst roster rebuild

LGD Gaming will temporarily step back from the Dota 2 scene to rebuild a new roster.

The Dota 2 competitive scene has seen LGD Gaming at the helm of many tournaments. But after a lackluster period, the Chinese powerhouse will take a temporary hiatus to reform its Dota 2 roster. As a result, LGD Gaming pulls out of the upcoming online tournament, Elite League, in which it was among the eight invited teams.

LGD Gaming posted the official announcement on its socials, stating that they will enter the intermission period and not participate in Elite League. This is due to "the team's recent performance" and the deicision to disband was collectively made in an internal meeting. LGD Gaming's current roster is as follows,

  • Guo "shiro" Xuanang
  • Gao "Setsu" Zhenxiong
  • Li "niu" Kongbo
  • Xiong "Pyw" Jiahan
  • Zhang "y`" Yiping

During this period of intermission, LGD Gaming will adjust its current lineup and after it is done, a new LGD will participate in the follow-up tournament. However, the next tournament for LGD may not come in the nearest future. The team failed to qualify for the upcoming ESL One Birmingham, PGL Wallachia, and DreamLeague Season 23 which takes over the next two months.

A rough period for LGD Gaming

For a team with such pedigree, it is heartbreaking for fans to see LGD Gaming tumble down in the competitive scene. From consistent top four placements in The International, Major victories, and overall regional dominance, LGD has always been the Chinese juggernaut to fear.

But since last year, LGD suffered a toll to its performances. Its last great achievement was during TI12 which saw LGD reach the top 3. After TI, the team managed to clinch a first-place finish in China's Division I Dota Pro Circuit (DPC). But whatever came after was disappointing for the team, especially in the new competitive era in 2024.

This year, LGD Gaming failed to qualify to four tournaments: DreamLeague Season 22, ESL One Birmingham, PGL Wallachia and DreamLeague Season 23. In their last tier 1 LAN event, LGD finished in the top 8. It's not a terrible result but for a name as prominent as LGD Gaming, this seemed dampening.

LGD Gaming will now step back from the Dota 2 competitive scene to form a new lineup and rebuild. For the past decade, the team has never failed to deliver, even through different rosters. Who knows if we'll see a new powerhouse in the making. Until then, stay tuned to esports.gg for more Dota 2 news and updates!